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"You may redeem miles for travel in United Global FirstSM, United First®, United Business® or United BusinessFirst® , even if the space is not available. In these cases, United Economy in the same award type must be confirmed, and the front cabin will be waitlisted. For example, a Saver United First award must be confirmed in Saver United Economy to be eligible for waitlisting. If the courtesy waitlist does not clear, it will expire 24 hours before itinerary departure, and you will automatically be added to the airport upgrade standby list upon check-in. In these cases, you will be confirmed on a space-available basis by a United airport representative at the gate once the flight has closed for check-in. For United BusinessFirst and United Business travel awards, the difference in miles will be refunded when the United BusinessFirst or United Business class segment of the trip could not be confirmed. Waitlist requests may only be made over the phone with your local United Reservations office"


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Author Topic: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability  (Read 274661 times)

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1365 on: June 01, 2015, 02:00:45 PM »
Thanks. I'm trying to get to know he expert mode.

Reading the blogs makes it look like plan b is a sure thing. In anyone's experience, what would you say the percentage of plan b bookings do NOT end up flying business/first?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1366 on: June 01, 2015, 02:45:53 PM »
Thanks. I'm trying to get to know he expert mode.

Reading the blogs makes it look like plan b is a sure thing. In anyone's experience, what would you say the percentage of plan b bookings do NOT end up flying business/first?

That's like asking what percentage of flights will have award availability.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1367 on: June 01, 2015, 02:52:51 PM »
Seems like I have a knack for these kinds of questions.

I'm just taking an unofficial poll of people's experiences

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1368 on: June 01, 2015, 04:10:52 PM »
Can I do a plan b from J to F if the first two legs are on non UA metal and the first two legs don't have F cabins?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1369 on: June 01, 2015, 05:19:33 PM »
Yes.
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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1371 on: June 01, 2015, 07:15:09 PM »
If i did plan b 4 months before my flight, when am i expected to see if i got the seats? Cud it be a week or more before the flight or is it always a day or two before? Thanx!

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1372 on: June 01, 2015, 07:22:19 PM »
If i did plan b 4 months before my flight, when am i expected to see if i got the seats? Cud it be a week or more before the flight or is it always a day or two before? Thanx!

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1373 on: June 02, 2015, 10:27:41 AM »
Thanx chucksterace

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1374 on: June 03, 2015, 12:58:27 PM »
2 Qs

1) If I book a business class award that is mixed cabin, if the second leg in business opens up will I get automatically upgraded?
2) If not, would it be better to book the saver economy on plan B? If I do, since there is availability on one leg, would I automatically get upgraded on that leg?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1375 on: June 03, 2015, 01:41:53 PM »
2 Qs

1) If I book a business class award that is mixed cabin, if the second leg in business opens up will I get automatically upgraded?
2) If not, would it be better to book the saver economy on plan B? If I do, since there is availability on one leg, would I automatically get upgraded on that leg?
I think those are great questions! If anyone knows...

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1376 on: June 03, 2015, 01:46:03 PM »
2 Qs

1) If I book a business class award that is mixed cabin, if the second leg in business opens up will I get automatically upgraded?
2) If not, would it be better to book the saver economy on plan B? If I do, since there is availability on one leg, would I automatically get upgraded on that leg?
If you book a mixed cabin award and space opens on the Y leg you can probably call and get moved to J, but it won't happen automatically. This isn't related to Plan B.

If you book Plan B and there's room on one leg, you should be put into J on that leg and automatically upgraded to J if room opens on the leg without J availability. I believe they will set it up for you like that. I know it works for sure when one leg isn't UA but has J availability and the UA leg doesn't.

Either way you'd end up spending more miles for J. In the first case because you booked a mixed cabin knowingly and in the second case because you flew in J on at least 1 segment.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1377 on: June 03, 2015, 03:12:24 PM »
Thanks so much. Are you saying that if I book mixed cabin and something opens up I'll have to pay extra miles?

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1378 on: June 03, 2015, 03:14:42 PM »
Thanks so much. Are you saying that if I book mixed cabin and something opens up I'll have to pay extra miles?
If you book a mixed cabin you pay the price of the higher cabin. If you do Plan B correctly they take the price of the higher cabin out of your account at the time it's set up, so either way it's the same.

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Re: Plan B Discussion: Booking BusinessFirst Awards Without Availability
« Reply #1379 on: June 03, 2015, 05:54:46 PM »
Got it thanks